The police on Tuesday revealed that they recovered N111m from some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) involved in the legislative rerun-election in Rivers state.
Inspector-general of police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris had set up a panel to investigate allegations of fraud and bribery in the December 10 election.
On Tuesday, Damian Okoro, chairman of the panel, while presenting his report, said a “total sum of N111m out of N360m was recovered from 23 electoral officials”.
He said while three senior INEC officials got as much as N20m, some got N15m to influence the election.
“By this investigation, this panel has diligently unraveled what went wrong with the re-run election in Rivers, the details of which are contained in the report,” he said.
“We discovered that failure of leadership and followership rather than law enforcement was responsible for the political upheaval in the state.”
“Apart from their utterances, politicians in their desperation for power, also armed thugs who unleashed terror on their opponents,” he said.